BEAUTY AND THE BEAST,
ONCE upon a time a rich Merchant, meeting
with heavy losses, had to retire to a small
cottage, with his three daughters. The two
elder grumbled at this ; but the youngest, named
Beauty, tried to comfort her father and make
his home happy. Once, when he was going on
a journey, to try to mend his fortunes, the girls
came to wish him good-bye ; the two elder told
him to bring them some nice presents on his
return, but Beauty merely begged of him to
bring her a rose. When the Merchant was on
his way back he saw some fine roses, and think-
ing of Beauty, plucked the prettiest he could
find. He had no sooner taken it than he saw
a hideous Beast, armed with a deadly weapon.
This fierce-looking creature asked him how he
dared to touch his flowers, and talked of putting
him to death. The Merchant pleaded that he
only took the rose to please his daughter
Beauty, who had begged of him to get her one.
On this, the Beast said gruffly, "Well, I will
not take your life, if you will bring one of your
daughters here to die in your stead. She must
come willingly, or I will not have her. You
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may stay and rest in my palace until to-morrow."
Although the Merchant found an excellent
supper laid for him, he could not eat ; nor could
he sleep, although everything was made ready
for his comfort. The next morning he set out
on a handsome horse, provided by the Beast.
When he came near his house his children
came out to greet him. But seeing the sad-
ness of his face, and his eyes filled with tears,
they asked the cause of his trouble. Giving
Beauty the rose, he told her all. The two
elder sisters laid all the blame on Beauty ; but
his sons, who had come from the forest to meet
him, declared that they would go to the Beast
instead. But Beauty said that as she was the
cause of this misfortune, she alone must suffer
for it, and was quite willing to go; and, in
spite of the entreaties of her brothers, who
loved her dearly, she set out with her father,
to the secret joy of her two envious sisters.
When they arrived at the palace the doors
opened of themselves ; sweet music was heard,
and they walked into a room where supper
was prepared. Just as they had eaten their
supper, the Beast entered, and said in a mild
tone, " Beauty, did you come here willingly to
die in place of your father?" "Willingly," she
answered, with a trembling voice. "So much
the better for you," said the Beast ; "your father
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can stay here to-night, but must go home on
the following morning." Beauty tried to cheer
her father, at parting, by saying that she would
try to soften the heart of the Beast, and get
him to let her return home soon. After he
was gone, she went into a fine room, on the
door of which was written, in letters of gold,
" Beauty's Room ; " and lying on the table was
a portrait of herself, under which were these
words: ''Beauty is Queen here; all things will
obey her." All her meals were served to the
sound of music, and at supper-time the Beast,
drawing the curtains aside, would walk in, and
talk so pleasantly that she soon lost much of
her fear of him. At last, he turned towards
her, and said, "Am I so very ugly?" "Yes,
indeed you are," replied Beauty, " but then
you are so kind that I don't mind your looks."
"Will you marry me, then?" asked he. Beauty,
looking away, said, " Pray don't ask me." He
then bade her "Good-night" with a sad voice,
and she retired to her bed-chamber.
The palace was full of galleries and apart-
ments, containing the most beautiful works
of art. In one room was a cage filled with
rare birds. Not far from this room she saw a
numerous troop of monkeys of all sizes. They
advanced to meet her, making her low bows.
Beauty was much pleased with them, and said
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she would like some of them to follow her and
keep her company. Instantly two tall young
apes, in court dresses, advanced, and placed
themselves with great gravity beside her, and
two sprightly little monkeys took up her train
as pages. From this time the monkeys always
waited upon her with all the attention and
respect that officers of a royal household are
accustomed to pay to queens.
Beauty was now, in fact, quite the Queen of
the palace, and all her wishes were gratified;
but, excepting at supper-time, she was always
alone; the Beast then appeared, and behaved
so agreeably that she liked him more and more.
But to his question, " Beauty, will you marry
me ? " he never could get any other answer than
a shake of the head from her, on which he
always took his leave very sadly.
Although Beauty had everything she could
wish for she was not happy, as she could not
forget her father, and brothers, and sisters. At
last, one evening, she begged so hard of the
Beast to let her go home that he agreed to her
wish, on her promising not to stay away longer
than two months, and gave her a ring, telling
her to place it on her dressing-table whenever
she desired to go or to return ; and then showed
her where to find suitable clothes, as well as
presents to take home. The poor Beast was more
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sad than ever. She tried to cheer him, saying,
" Beauty will soon return," but nothing seemed
to comfort him. Beauty then went to her room,
and before retiring to rest she took care to
place the ring on the dressing-table. When
she awoke next morning, what was her joy at
finding herself in her father's house, with the
gifts and clothes from the palace at her bed-side.
At first she wondered where she was ; but
she soon heard the voice of her father, and,
rushing out, she flung her arms round his
neck. The father and daughter had much to
say to each other. Beauty related all that had
happened to her at the palace. Her father,
enriched by the liberality of the Beast, had left
his old house, and now lived in a very large
city, and her sisters were engaged to be mar-
ried to young men of good family.
When she had passed some weeks with her
family. Beauty found that her sisters, who were
secretly vexed at her good fortune, still looked
upon her as a rival, and treated her with
coldness. Besides this, she remembered her
promise to the Beast, and resolved to return to
him. But her father and brothers begged her
to stay a day or two longer, and she could
not resist their entreaties. But one night she
dreamed that the poor Beast was lying dead
in the palace garden ; she awoke in a fright,
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looked for her ring, and placed it on the table.
In the morning she was at the Palace again,
but the Beast was nowhere to be found : at last
she ran to the place in the garden that she
had dreamed about, and there, sure enough, the
poor Beast was, lying senseless on his back.
At this sight Beauty wept and reproached
herself for having caused his death. She ran to
a fountain and sprinkled his face with water.
The Beast opened his eyes, and as soon as he
could speak, he said, sorrowfully, " Now that
I see you once more, I die contented." " No,
no ! " she cried, " you shall not die ! Oh, live to
be my husband, and Beauty will be your faith-
ful wife ! " The moment she had uttered these
words, a dazzling light shone everywhere; the
Palace windows glittered with lamps, and music
was heard around. To her great wonder, a
handsome young Prince stood before her, who
said that her words had broken the spell of a
magician, by which he had been doomed to
wear the form of a Beast, until a beautiful girl
should love him in spite of his ugliness. The
grateful Prince now claimed Beauty as his wife.
The Merchant was soon informed of his
daughter's good fortune, and the Prince was
married to Beauty on the following day.
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